The Reading / Listening - Working Age - Level 6

An airline worker in the USA has broken the world record for the world's longest-serving airline mechanic. Azriel Blackman, 91, started work in 1942 at the age of 16. He has now been working for 75 years. His starting salary was 50 cents an hour. The nonagenarian still works five days a week. He clocks on before 5am at an American Airlines hangar at JFK International Airport in New York. His age means his employers prevent him from doing certain tasks for safety reasons. He is not allowed to scale ladders, drive on the runways and surrounding areas, or use certain tools. He is responsible for assessing the maintenance needs of the airplanes that have been parked in the hangars overnight.



Mr Blackman's record has been recognized for his dedication to his job. His employer dedicated a plane in his honor at a ceremony at JFK. His signature was painted in giant letters on the front of one of the airline's Boeing 777 aircraft. Blackman said: "I'm just honored to be here. I'm proud to be a mechanic." The 91-year-old received a standing ovation from his fellow colleagues and managers at the ceremony. Reporters asked him about the secret behind his record. He said: "When you like what you do, it's not work." When asked about retirement, he said: "That's not up to me. That's up to the man upstairs. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is I say 'thank you for another day'."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Working Age - Level 4  or  Working Age - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40659421
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/nyregion/for-airline-mechanic-91-the-sky-is-one-of-many-limits.html
  • https://www.dallasnews.com/business/american-airlines/2017/07/18/75-years-job-american-airlines-mechanic-still-showingup-early-work


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Warm-ups

1. WORKING AGE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about working age. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       airline worker / world record / mechanic / starting salary / age / employers / safety /
       dedication / ceremony / signature / standing ovation / colleagues / secret / retirement

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. 75: Students A strongly believe people should keep working at least until the age of 75; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. NONAGENARIANS: What can people in their 90s do? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good things

Bad things

Drive a car

 

 

Be a pilot

 

 

Become a parent

 

 

Run a marathon

 

 

Be a rock star

 

 

Be leader of a country

 

 

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5. AIRLINE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "airline". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. JOBS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best jobs for a 90-year-old at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • chef
  • teacher
  • musician
  • doctor
  • taxi driver
  • tour guide
  • gardener
  • journalist

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The mechanic started work when he was 13.     T / F
  2. The mechanic's starting salary was 50 cents a week.     T / F
  3. The mechanic starts work at five in the morning.     T / F
  4. The mechanic has to climb ladders to clean the airplane windows.     T / F
  5. The mechanic signed the front of an airplane.     T / F
  6. The mechanic's name was painted on a Boeing 777.     T / F
  7. The mechanic's colleagues stood up and applauded him.     T / F
  8. The mechanic doesn't know when he will retire.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. serving
  2. salary
  3. prevent
  4. scale
  5. assessing
  6. dedication
  7. ovation
  8. colleagues
  9. secret
  10. another
  1. evaluating
  2. magic formula
  3. loyalty
  4. pay
  5. applause
  6. working
  7. climb up
  8. an additional
  9. stop
  10. coworkers

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. the world's longest-
  2. His starting salary
  3. scale
  4. He is responsible for assessing the
  5. airplanes that have been parked in
  6. recognized for his dedication
  7. His signature was painted
  8. received a standing
  9. the secret
  10. That's up to the man
  1. to his job
  2. behind his record
  3. maintenance needs
  4. in giant letters
  5. was 50 cents an hour
  6. ladders
  7. upstairs
  8. the hangars overnight
  9. ovation
  10. serving airline mechanic

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
clocks
certain
serving
runways
broken
prevent
salary
reasons

An airline worker in the USA has (1) ___________ the world record for the world's longest-(2) ___________ airline mechanic. Azriel Blackman, 91, started work in 1942 at the age of 16. He has now been working for 75 years. His starting (3) ___________ was 50 cents an hour. The nonagenarian still works five days a week. He (4) ___________ on before 5am at an American Airlines hangar at JFK International Airport in New York. His age means his employers (5) ___________ him from doing certain tasks for safety (6) ___________. He is not allowed to scale ladders, drive on the (7) ___________ and surrounding areas, or use (8) ___________ tools. He is responsible for assessing the maintenance needs of the airplanes that have been parked in the hangars overnight.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
front
secret
dedication
upstairs
ceremony
ovation
retirement
proud

Mr Blackman's record has been recognized for his (9) ___________ to his job. His employer dedicated a plane in his honor at a (10) ___________ at JFK. His signature was painted in giant letters on the (11) ___________ of one of the airline's Boeing 777 aircraft. Blackman said: "I'm just honored to be here. I'm (12) ___________ to be a mechanic." The 91-year-old received a standing (13) ___________ from his fellow colleagues and managers at the ceremony. Reporters asked him about the (14) ___________ behind his record. He said: "When you like what you do, it's not work." When asked about (15) ___________, he said: "That's not up to me. That's up to the man (16) ___________. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is I say 'thank you for another day'."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  broken the world record for the world's longest-serving ______
     a.  airline mechanical
     b.  airline mechanics
     c.  airline mechanic
     d.  airline mechanically

2)  He has now been working for 75 years. His starting salary ______
     a.  was 50 cents than hour
     b.  was 50 cents then hour
     c.  was 50 cents an hour
     d.  was 50 cents and hour

3)  prevent him from doing certain tasks for safety reasons. He is not ______
     a.  allow it to scale ladders
     b.  allowed to scaled ladders
     c.  allowed to scale ladders
     d.  allowed to scale ladder

4)  drive on the runways and surrounding areas, or ______
     a.  use certainly tools
     b.  use certain tools
     c.  uses certainly tools
     d.  used certain tools

5) the maintenance needs of the airplanes that have been parked in the ______
     a.  hangers overnight
     b.  hungers overnight
     c.  hangars overnight
     d.  hinges overnight

6)  Mr Blackman's record has been recognized for his ______ job
     a.  dedicated to his
     b.  dedicating to his
     c.  dedicating to his
     d.  dedication to his

7)  His employer dedicated a plane in his honor ______ at JFK
     a.  at a ceremony
     b.  at the ceremony
     c.  as a ceremony
     d.  as the ceremony

8)  The 91-year-old received a standing ovation from his ______
     a.  fellows colleague
     b.  fellow colleague
     c.  fellow colleagues
     d.  fellows colleagues

9)  when asked about retirement, he said: "That's not up to me. That's up to ______."
     a.  their men upstairs
     b.  there man upstairs
     c.  the man upstairs
     d.  the men upstairs

10)  The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is I say 'thank you ______'."
     a.  for the other day
     b.  for and other day
     c.  for others day
     d.  for another day

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

(1) ___________________ the USA has broken the world record for the world's longest-serving airline mechanic. Azriel Blackman, 91, started (2) ___________________ the age of 16. He has now been working for 75 years. His starting salary was (3) ___________________. The nonagenarian still works five days a week. He clocks on before 5am at an American Airlines hangar at JFK International Airport in New York. His age means his employers prevent him from (4) ___________________ for safety reasons. He is not allowed to scale ladders, drive on the runways and surrounding (5) ___________________ tools. He is responsible for assessing the maintenance needs of the airplanes that have been parked in the (6) ___________________.

Mr Blackman's record has been recognized for his dedication to his job. His employer (7) ___________________ in his honor at a ceremony at JFK. His signature (8) ___________________ giant letters on the front of one of the airline's Boeing 777 aircraft. Blackman said: "I'm just honored to be here. I'm proud (9) ___________________." The 91-year-old received a standing ovation from his fellow colleagues and (10) ___________________ ceremony. Reporters asked him about the secret behind his record. He said: "When you (11) ___________________ do, it's not work." When asked about retirement, he said: "That's not up to me. That's up to the man upstairs. The first thing I do (12) ___________________ in the morning is I say 'thank you for another day'."

Comprehension questions

  1. How old is the airline mechanic?
  2. What was the starting salary of the airline mechanic?
  3. What time does the airline mechanic start work?
  4. Why can't the mechanic do certain tasks?
  5. Where are the airplanes the mechanic assesses parked overnight?
  6. What has Mr Blackman been recognized for?
  7. What kind of aircraft was the mechanic's signature painted on?
  8. What did the mechanic receive from his colleagues?
  9. What did reporters ask the mechanic about?
  10. Who did the mechanic say would decide his retirement?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How old is the airline mechanic?
a) 81
b) 91
c) 86
d) 96

2)  What was the starting salary of the airline mechanic?
a) 50 cents a month
b) 50 cents a week
c) 50 cents a day
d) 50 cents an hour

3) What time does the airline mechanic start work?
a) 5am
b) 5.30am
c) 6am
d) 6.30am

4) Why can't the mechanic do certain tasks?
a) he doesn't have the skills to do so
b) he's not qualified
c) for safety reasons
d) He's too young

5) Where are the airplanes the mechanic assesses parked overnight?
a) in a car park
b) in hangars
c) on the runway
d) on a road

6) What has Mr Blackman been recognized for?
a) his dedication
b) his age
c) his knowledge
d) his flying skills

7) What kind of aircraft was the mechanic's signature painted on?
a) an Aeroflot
b) an Airbus A380
c) a Boeing 777
d) a Cessna

8) What did the mechanic receive from his colleagues?
a) a standing ovation
b) a watch
c) a model aircraft
d) a round-the-world air ticket

9) What did reporters ask the mechanic about?
a) his secret
b) his age
c) his ambitions
d) his family

10) Who did the mechanic say would decide his retirement?
a) no one
b) his wife
c) his boss
d) the man upstairs

Role play

Role  A – Taxi Driver

You think a taxi driver is the best job for a 90-year-old. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their jobs. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these of these (and why): a tour guide, a teacher or a doctor.

Role  B – Tour Guide

You think a tour guide is the best job for a 90-year-old. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their jobs. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these of these (and why): a taxi driver, a teacher or a doctor.

Role  C – Teacher

You think a teacher is the best job for a 90-year-old. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their jobs. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these of these (and why): a tour guide, a taxi driver or a doctor.

Role  D – Doctor

You think a doctor is the best job for a 90-year-old. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their jobs. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these of these (and why):  a tour guide, a teacher or a taxi driver.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'break'

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  • and 'record'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • dedication
    • giant
    • proud
    • standing
    • secret
    • another
    • serving
    • 16
    • 50
    • prevent
    • drive
    • overnight




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Mechanic works 75 years to break record

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'world'?
    3. How did this article make you feel?
    4. What do you think of Mr Blackman?
    5. At what age would you like to retire?
    6. What would it be like to be an airline mechanic?
    7. How might Mr Blackman's job have changed over the years?
    8. Should people in their nineties be working?
    9. What things should Mr Blackman not be allowed to do?
    10. How skilled do you think Mr Blackman is?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'record'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of Mr Blackman's signature being painted on a plane?
    5. What do you think of American Airlines for recognizing Mr Blackman?
    6. What is your favorite airline and why?
    7. What is the best age to retire?
    8. What would you like to do in your retirement?
    9. Who is 'the man upstairs'?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Mr Blackman?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    An airline worker in the USA has (1) _____ the world record for the world's longest-serving airline mechanic. Azriel Blackman, 91, started work in 1942 (2) _____ the age of 16. He has now been working for 75 years. His starting salary was 50 cents an hour. The nonagenarian still works five days (3) _____ week. He clocks on before 5am at an American Airlines hangar at JFK International Airport in New York. His age (4) _____ his employers prevent him from doing certain tasks for safety reasons. He is not allowed to (5) _____ ladders, drive on the runways and surrounding areas, or use certain tools. He is responsible (6) _____ assessing the maintenance needs of the airplanes that have been parked in the hangars overnight.

    Mr Blackman's record has been recognized for his dedication (7) _____ his job. His employer dedicated a plane in his honor at a ceremony at JFK. His signature was painted in giant letters (8) _____ the front of one of the airline's Boeing 777 aircraft. Blackman said: "I'm just honored to be here. I'm proud to (9) _____ a mechanic." The 91-year-old received a standing ovation from his fellow colleagues and managers at the ceremony. Reporters asked him about the secret (10) _____ his record. He said: "When you like what you do, it's not work." (11) _____ asked about retirement, he said: "That's not up to me. That's up to the man (12) _____. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is I say 'thank you for another day'."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     broken     (b)     breaking     (c)     broke     (d)     braked    
    2. (a)     to     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     up    
    3. (a)     for     (b)     of     (c)     a     (d)     the    
    4. (a)     really     (b)     then     (c)     so     (d)     means    
    5. (a)     scale     (b)     stale     (c)     shale     (d)     sale    
    6. (a)     free     (b)     for     (c)     of     (d)     from    
    7. (a)     two     (b)     through     (c)     too     (d)     to    
    8. (a)     to     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     at    
    9. (a)     being     (b)     been     (c)     be     (d)     bear    
    10. (a)     above     (b)     sideways     (c)     front     (d)     behind    
    11. (a)     Which     (b)     What     (c)     Why     (d)     When    
    12. (a)     ladders     (b)     upstairs     (c)     important     (d)     me

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     a plane in his honor at a ceremony at JFK. His signature was painted in giant

    (    )     be here. I'm proud to be a mechanic." The 91-year-old received a standing ovation from his fellow

    (    )     letters on the front of one of the airline's Boeing 777 aircraft. Blackman said: "I'm just honored to

    (    )     Mr Blackman's record has been recognized for his dedication to his job. His employer dedicated

    (    )     for 75 years. His starting salary was 50 cents an hour. The nonagenarian still works five days

    (    )     colleagues and managers at the ceremony. Reporters asked him about the secret behind his

    1  )     An airline worker in the USA has broken the world record for the world's longest-serving airline

    (    )     assessing the maintenance needs of the airplanes that have been parked in the hangars overnight.

    (    )     to me. That's up to the man upstairs. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is I say 'thank you for another day'."

    (    )     ladders, drive on the runways and surrounding areas, or use certain tools. He is responsible for

    (    )     means his employers prevent him from doing certain tasks for safety reasons. He is not allowed to scale

    (    )     a week. He clocks on before 5am at an American Airlines hangar at JFK International Airport in New York. His age

    (    )     record. He said: "When you like what you do, it's not work." When asked about retirement, he said: "That's not up

    (    )     mechanic. Azriel Blackman, 91, started work in 1942 at the age of 16. He has now been working

    Put the words in the right order

    1. world   in   record   the   An   USA   airline  has   worker   broken   the  .
    2. still   nonagenarian   The   week   a   days   five   works   .
    3. doing   from   him   prevent   employers   His   tasks   certain   .
    4. is   He   maintenance   assessing   responsible   needs   the   for   .
    5. have   hangars   been   overnight   parked   Airplanes   in   that   the   .
    6. giant   His   was   in   letters   signature   painted   .
    7. On   of   airline's   aircraft   front   the   777   the   one   Boeing   .
    8. He   from   received   his   a   fellow   standing   colleagues   ovation   .
    9. asked   behind   him   his   about   record   the   Reporters   secret   .
    10. I   do   first   the   when   thing   morning   up   I   The   in   get   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    An airline worker in the USA has broken / breaking the world record for the world's longest-serving airline mechanical / mechanic. Azriel Blackman, 91, started work in 1942 at the age / old of 16. He has now been working for 75 years. His starting / started salary was 50 cents an hour. The nonagenarian still works five days a week. He clicks / clocks on before 5am at an American Airlines hanger / hangar at JFK International Airport in New York. His age means his employers prevent / preventing him from doing certain tasks for safety / safe reasons. He is not allowed to scale ladders, drive on the runways and surrounding areas, or use certain / certainly tools. He is responsible for assessing the maintenance needy / needs of the airplanes that have been parked in the hangars overnight.

    Mr Blackman's record has been / being recognized for his dedication to his job. His employer dedication / dedicated a plane in his honor at a ceremony / ceremonial at JFK. His signature was painted in giant letters on the front of one / once of the airline's Boeing 777 aircraft. Blackman said: "I'm just honored to be here. I'm proudly / proud to be a mechanic." The 91-year-old received a standing ovation / oration from his fellow colleagues and managers at the ceremony. Reporters asked him about the secret back / behind his record. He said: "When you like what you do, it's not work." When asked about retirement / retire, he said: "That's not up to my / me. That's up to the man upstairs. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is I say 'thank you for other / another day'."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Mr Bl_ckm_n's r_c_rd h_s b__n r_c_gn_z_d f_r h_s d_d_c_t__n t_ h_s j_b. H_s _mpl_y_r d_d_c_t_d _ pl_n_ _n h_s h_n_r _t _ c_r_m_ny _t JFK. H_s s_gn_t_r_ w_s p__nt_d _n g__nt l_tt_rs _n th_ fr_nt _f _n_ of th_ __rl_n_'s B___ng 777 __rcr_ft. Bl_ckm_n s__d: "_'m j_st h_n_r_d t_ b_ h_r_. _'m pr__d t_ b_ _ m_ch_n_c." Th_ 91-y__r-_ld r_c__v_d _ st_nd_ng _v_t__n fr_m h_s f_ll_w c_ll__g__s _nd m_n_g_rs _t th_ c_r_m_ny. R_p_rt_rs _sk_d h_m _b__t th_ s_cr_t b_h_nd h_s r_c_rd. H_ s__d: "Wh_n y__ l_k_ wh_t y__ d_, _t's n_t w_rk." Wh_n _sk_d _b__t r_t_r_m_nt, h_ s__d: "Th_t's n_t _p t_ m_. Th_t's _p t_ th_ m_n _pst__rs. Th_ f_rst th_ng _ d_ wh_n _ g_t _p _n th_ m_rn_ng _s _ s_y 'th_nk y__ f_r _n_th_r d_y'."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    an airline worker in the usa has broken the world record for the world's longest-serving airline mechanic azriel blackman 91 started work in 1942 at the age of 16 he has now been working for 75 years his starting salary was 50 cents an hour the nonagenarian still works five days a week he clocks on before 5am at an american airlines hangar at jfk international airport in new york his age means his employers prevent him from doing certain tasks for safety reasons he is not allowed to scale ladders drive on the runways and surrounding areas or use certain tools he is responsible for assessing the maintenance needs of the airplanes that have been parked in the hangars overnight

    mr blackman's record has been recognized for his dedication to his job his employer dedicated a plane in his honor at a ceremony at jfk his signature was painted in giant letters on the front of one of the airline's boeing 777 aircraft blackman said "i'm just honored to be here i'm proud to be a mechanic" the 91-year-old received a standing ovation from his fellow colleagues and managers at the ceremony reporters asked him about the secret behind his record he said "when you like what you do it's not work" when asked about retirement he said "that's not up to me that's up to the man upstairs the first thing i do when i get up in the morning is i say 'thank you for another day'"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    gest-servingairlinemechanic.AzrielBlackman,91,startedworki
    n1942attheageof16.Hehasnowbeenworkingfor75years.Hisstarting
    salarywas50centsanhour.Thenonagenarianstillworksfivedaysawee
    k.Heclocksonbefore5amatanAmericanAirlineshangaratJFKInternati
    onalAirportinNewYork.Hisagemeanshisemployerspreventhimfromd
    oingcertaintasksforsafetyreasons.Heisnotallowedtoscaleladders,dri
    veontherunwaysandsurroundingareas,orusecertaintools.Heisrespo
    nsibleforassessingthemaintenanceneedsoftheairplanesthathavebe
    enparkedinthehangarsovernight.MrBlackman'srecordhasbeenreco
    gnizedforhisdedicationtohisjob.Hisemployerdedicatedaplaneinhish
    onorataceremonyatJFK.Hissignaturewaspaintedingiantlettersonthe
    frontofoneoftheairline'sBoeing777aircraft.Blackmansaid:"I'mjusthon
    oredtobehere.I'mproudtobeamechanic."The91-year-oldreceivedas
    tandingovationfromhisfellowcolleaguesandmanagersattheceremon
    y.Reportersaskedhimaboutthesecretbehindhisrecord.Hesaid:"Whe
    nyoulikewhatyoudo,it'snotwork."Whenaskedaboutretirement,hesai
    d:"That'snotuptome.That'suptothemanupstairs.ThefirstthingIdowh
    enIgetupinthemorningisIsay'thankyouforanotherday'."

    Free writing

    Write about working age for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The retirement age should be increased to 75 years old. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. WORKING AGE: Make a poster about working age. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. RETIREMENT AGE: Write a magazine article about the retirement age being increased to 75. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on the retirement age. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on people working to 80 and beyond. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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